4Runner is a country music vocal group made up of three seasoned industry veterans. Craig Morris, Lee Hilliard, and Michael Lusk each having a long history of lead and background singing. Signed to Polydor Records in 1995, 4Runner burst into the Country music scene with "Cain's Blood." 4Runner achieved a Top 5 single with "Cain's Blood" and sold over 200,000 albums. They were nominated for the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Top New Vocal Group/Duet and the fan-based TNN/Music City News' Vocal Group of the Year in 1996.
"We Will Hope For You" is an example of putting yourself in the shoes of those who serve, and their families who support what they are doing for our great country.
Stone Mountain, Ga.
This is a song dedicated to the memory of my Uncle Kenneth Slaughter, whose name is on the wall, KIA in Vietnam. I truly feel blessed to be able to record such a powerful song. I have had a tremendous response to the song. I just returned from Woodville, TX, where a small town AM radio station has been playing the song every day during their local show. The family of Chief Warrant Officer Charles "Chuck" Fortenberry, KIA in combat in Iraq, requested of the Station Manager, a copy of the song to be played at the dedication of a monument to this great American Hero on the town square. The Station Manager contacted me for permission to use the song and could I please send a CD for them. I told him I would not send a CD, rather I would come to them myself.
I flew into Houston, was picked up by the Manager, and taken 2 hours out into the Middle of Nowehere, Texas. The song was used in the ceremony and I hand delivered a signed copy of the song. The people there were wonderful and I was told many times that they just could not believe that someone would bother to come to their little town for something like this. I responded that little towns like theirs, and many more across this country, raise men and women that understand the honor and duty of military service and that is the backbone of this country. Chief Warrant Officer Fortenberry was a hero and I was honored to be able to participate in honoring his service.
"Christmas" (The Warmest Time of the Year)
"When we sat down to write "Christmas" (The Warmest Time of the Year) though in the heat of a steaming July, we strove to get ourselves in a chilly mood to create verses, choruses, and music that would bring back visual images of winter set against those warmest times with loved ones, especially if a person could not be with their family".
"Christmas" (The Warmest Time of the Year) was written in honor of our troops (Thank you U.S. military for protecting America) and to remind everyone of that warm feeling one gets around the holidays. It's my hope that, if you can't be with loved ones, you will find comfort in the song and fond memories. "Christmas" is a song to make you cheerful and put you in a party mood. Happy Holidays to all and Be Safe! For more info on Whitney go to www.WhitneyWolanin.com
Christmas Without You
Gina Stewart, Brenda Gambill, Allison Modafferi
This song was written by Gina Stewart, the daughter of a soldier, who grew up in and surrounded by families who had to spend so many special occasions without someone they loved. It was one such ocassion that inspired "Christmas Without You" which Volatile Baby has recently re-recorded and dedicates to each of you who ever have been, or are this holiday season, stationed away from your families and those you love, serving our Country! This is for you, from Volatile Baby, and from all of us back home THANK YOU and we miss you! ... Volatile Baby (Gina Stewart, Brenda Gambill, Allison Modafferi)
A Message from Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith
Michael Whitaker Smith was born October 7, 1957 to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia. A sister named Kim would follow. Michael was a typical boy - active in baseball, his family's church activities, and playing piano. But in not-so-typical fashion, he wrote his first song at age five. At the age of ten, he made a decision to give his life to Christ. He dreamed of playing professional baseball.
Michael attended college at Marshall University in West Virginia but after one semester dropped out to move to Nashville and pursue a career in music.
In 1992 Michael received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia.
The years 1979-1981 are best written by Michael himself in his book It's Time To Be Bold
Red White and Blue
The new song by this former soldier and rising Universal South recording artist pays tribute to the men and women in uniform. Its lyrics bring veterans to tears and servicemembers to stand at attention. In the song, Rockie calls members of the armed forces "modern-day Minutemen and women, like heroes from the past" who reflect the values America holds dear. He points out that America's military is a cross section of America, representing every corner of the country, every race, every religion and every socioeconomic status. Despite their diverse backgrounds, Rockie sings, all are "red, white and blue," ready to respond to whatever mission their country calls upon them to carryout. "The military is a
melting pot," said Rockie, who served with the 50th Signal Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C. "Regardless of their background, they're all part of the same team, and that's why all of America needs to support the troops." "Red, White and Blue" reflects Rockie's love of the military and his hope that his fellow Americans will "get behind these kids" and support them, particularly when they go into harm's way in their country's defense.
The Reason I Breathe
J. D. Danner
Pompano Beach, FL
Danner has teamed up with Operation Homefront, a nationwide organization which supports the troops by helping the families they leave behind. She has recorded a special mix of her song, "The Reason I Breathe" for this project and has pledged 20 percent of the proceeds from this CD single to Operation
Homefront. "I wanted to do something to thank the courageous and selfless members of the military and their families for sacrificing for much for the good of all of us," she said in a radio interview . "I knew there were some great new soldier tribute songs out by artist like Toby Keith and Aaron Tippon but I had not heard any new songs from the military spouse point of view. So I wrote "The Reason I Breathe" to be a long-distance message of love and devotion," J.D. said. For more info on Danner go to www.jddanner.com.
TrueHeart - I Heard The Bells
Karen Vick Cavazos, Ross Vick, Patrick Vick
The words to this song were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863 during the American Civil War. Members of his immediate family were engaged in the conflict and their involvement initiated his inspiration to write these poignant words. I came across these words in church and through compilation collections and decided it would be fitting for TrueHeart to also record these words.
Back to You
Dan May is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, who recently made the successful transition from classical to pop music after a 12-year opera career that saw him sing with opera companies across the US and Canada. Released in April, his debut CD, "Once Was Red" has fast become a Philadelphia radio favorite. As a composer, Dan's pieces have also been performed by dance companies and choral groups." The reason I wrote the song. In January of 1944, when my mother was seventeen, she wrote a poem to my father on the event of his leaving to fight in World War II. Her best friend had kept a copy of that poem all these years, and while going through some old papers recently, she came across it, some 60 years later.
She returned the poem to my mother, who then sent me a copy of it, and as a gift to her, I set it to music. The words have been changed slightly to make it applicable to today's soldier, but the sense of longing from separation remains. My father did "come back to her", after being wounded on Iwo Jima and Guam, and they married and had seven children.
For more information on Dan May, visit www.danmaycd.com.
Frontline Christmas Wish
We were in between trips to Nashville for my daughter Bekah, 12, to record a song, when we received "Frontline Christmas Wish" from writer Tommy Calame. Bekah heard the first two lines of the song and said, "Daddy, I want to record this song". When we went to Nashville to finish the first song, we played the demo for the producer, Gene Higgins, of HMG, Nashville. He agreed that it was a powerful song, and needed to be recorded. They found the female and male voices to do the song, and we returned on the 20th of November to record Bekah's part of the song. When I heard this song for the first time, it brought tears to my eyes, because I can really relate to the message.
My father was in Vietnam during Christmas when I was in Junior High, and having spent 20 years in the Army myself, I have been separated from my family during the holidays. We felt that this song was a gift that we had to pass along, so here it is. We want the troops and their families that there are people out here who understand what you're going through, and we really support you 100%. John Purviance SSG, US Army (Retired)
Heroes in Our Midst
"I've never written a song I felt so passionate about or believed in as much as Heroes In Our Midst," says songwriter Dick Eastman. Because he wants the message of this tune to reach as many people as possible (especially those in the military and veterans), Allright! Records is offering Heroes In Our Midst as a free download.
Please feel free to burn a copy of the song or share this website link with all the courageous men and women serving our country today and in years past.
There Is A Place Called America
Big Al Whittle
Like many people I watched the election coverage on American TV stations, and I feel sure - like many people I was moved by the gallantry displayed by the young soldiers and their families. At this point I will explain that I am an English song writer. This year I lost my Dad, who had a pretty tough World War 2, driving a Sherman tank through Holland, France and Germany.
I knew a little of what he had gone through and maybe that's why I found it so affecting. I'm not sure if modern America or even its soldiery will find it strikes the right note, but anyway I think it said what I felt - namely that many of us are grateful for the difficult and dangerous jobs that they do. Also I think it is important to show that at a time when there is much talk on TV of foreign opposition to the American Army - this was written by a foreign national quite spontaneously.